1. How do I prepare matcha in the traditional way?
Step 1: Sift 1-2 tsps of matcha into a bowl
Step 2: Add a few drops to cold water & make a paste using the whisk
Step 3: Add 60 ml of hot water. Use water that’s just under a boil
Step 4: Vigorously whisk in a zig zag motion until the tea is frothy. Sit back and enjoy your green bowl of goodness.
2.Are there other ways to consume matcha?
Yes, instead of just making a cup of matcha tea you can consume it in many different ways: lattes, smoothies, protein shakes, baking mixtures.
3.What is the recommended amount of matcha to use per serving?
1-2 g per serving
4.Can I pre-make matcha like I would for an ice tea and keep in the fridge as a cold beverage or would that ruin the health benefits and/or taste?
You can definitely pre-make matcha tea and store it in the fridge.
5. Should Matcha be drunk hot or cold?
Matcha should be drunk hot. However, you can drink it cold. To each is own I guess.
6. What time of the day should I drink matcha?
Any time of day. Consume less in the evening as matcha contains caffeine and may affect your sleep.
7. What are the health benefits of matcha?
Firstly, the tea is in powder form so you are getting all of the benefits, in terms of taste and nutrition, unlike traditional tea leaves - 10 x more effective than green tea. Secondly and most importantly, there are many health benefits that come with drinking Matcha, such as: clean energy, lower calories, detoxification of blood etc.
Skin: Full of antioxidants like the polyphenols and catechins defend against harmful UV radiation and free radicals protecting the skin from blemishes. HIGH Vitamin A content also moistens the skin.
Weight-loss: Matcha is packed with EGCGs (Epigallocatechin gallate) that greatly increase fat oxidation - the internal process that burns fat to create energy. They can also boost your metabolic rate by up to 40%.
Detoxification: Drinking matcha regularly is a great way to cleanse your body from toxins via the antioxidants in matcha. An overload of toxins in the body can lead to bloating, fatigue, and ill health (Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-detox-diet). The antioxidants in matcha help protect against free radical damage. Matcha tea boasts one of the highest Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) values in the superfood realm (1348 units per gram).
Boost Immunity: A recent study showed that drinking matcha everyday enhances your overall immune response.
8. Is Matcha Gluten-Free?
9. Can I have matcha while on a weight loss plan?
As a matter of fact matcha is ideal for someone on a weight loss plan. Matcha is packed with EGCGs (Epigallocatechin gallate) that greatly increase fat oxidation - the internal process that burns fat to create energy. They can also boost your metabolic rate by up to 40%.
10. Will matcha interfere whilst taking my medication?
We cannot provide clinical advise so if in doubt consult with your doctor before consuming our product.
11. Can I drink matcha during my pregnancy?
Please consult with your doctor.
12. How much caffeine does matcha contain in a typical serving?
2g of our Matcha contains about 50mg of caffeine, whereas 2g of your average coffee contains about 0.8mg of caffeine. On top of that, your average tea contains 0.22mg of caffeine. (Source: USDA)
14. Why do matcha prices vary?
Unfortunately, not all Matcha are created equally, there are a number of reasons why the price varies. Here are the main factors that dictate the price:
1) Matcha is only grown in Japan, but certain regions have higher qualities of Matcha. For example, Kyoto is historically known to have the best Matcha in comparison to other provinces such as Shizuoka.
2) In terms of flavour, there are three grades, Ceremonial, Premium and Culinary. Ceremonial & Premium grade are the higher grades, it has a vibrant green colour and not bitter in taste. Whereas, Culinary grade comes in a darker green colour and has more bitter notes, therefore it's more suitable to add to baking mixtures or smoothies to help mask the bitterness.
Matcha and Taste
15. Why is your Kyoto Kaizen called Premium Grade Matcha?
Matcha comes in different grades: Ceremonial, Premium and Culinary. Premium grade is a high-grade matcha, it has a vibrant green colour and sweet taste. Our Kyoto Kaizen matcha is made of premium grade, hence the name premium matcha.
16. Is matcha only produced in Japan?
No...matcha's origins are rooted in Japan but it's cultivated in other countries as well. The best matcha is grown in Japan as there you find the best environmental conditions (rainfall, temperature, humidity) and superior techniques that have been handed down from generations previous.
17. What is Umami?
Umami is a unique type of taste, different in comparison to the four other senses: sweet, bitter, salty and sour. Glutamate, a naturally occurring amino acid, found abundantly in matcha is responsible for this taste. The name “umami” was given by professor Kikunae Ikeda in 1908.
18. What is your refund policy?
If you’re unhappy with our product and want a refund, contact us via e-mail and send us back the product to the return address which is printed on the tin label. We’ll then refund you within 3-5 working days.
19. If I make an order, how long will it take to arrive at my home address?
Standard delivery: 2- 3 days from order date
20. If my matcha product hasn't arrived after 4 days, what should I do?
If your product does not arrive after 4 days, then notify us so we can give you an update of where you’re product is and when it should arrive. If we find out that, during delivery, your product has been lost or damaged, then we will dispatch a new order to you.
21. Where is your matcha grown?
Our matcha is grown in Japan, Kyoto, Kyotonabe to be exact.
22. What does your matcha taste like?
Well, our premium has a rich, smooth, umami taste (see description above for more)
23. How should I store matcha at home?
Keep it refrigerated at all times. Once the matcha is opened, you should look to consume it all within a month.
24. How long does matcha last before it expires?
Expiry date on the tin label states this.
25. What is the maximum amount of matcha I can consume in a day?
The maximum amount of matcha you should be consuming is 8 servings. Each serving containing 1 - 2g of matcha.
26. How can you tell good matcha from bad matcha?
Not all matcha are created equally, some are bad and some are good. Good matcha has a vibrant green colour to it and the taste is smooth and slightly sweet. Bad matcha on the other hand has a dull green colour to it and the taste is unpleasantly bitter.